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Singer-pianist-songwriter Bob Dorough is one of the last remaining jazz entertainers, a euphoric performer who never fails to elicit smiles and touch the heart. A cult artist since his 1956 record debut, Dorough is perhaps best known for the ingenious words and music he wrote in the ’70s and ’80s for Schoolhouse Rock, the ABC-TV cartoon series that taught math, grammar, science, and American history to a generation of kids who will never forget that three is a magic number or the function of a conjunction. Over almost a half-century, Dorough has racked up an impressive series of achievements, including recording with Miles Davis (their “Blue X-mas” has become the theme of disenchanted Yuletide-phobes), producing classic albums for the ’60s pop group Spanky and Our Gang, and appearing worldwide at jazz clubs and festivals. But at home, he largely remained a well-kept secret until Blue Note signed him, at age 73, four years ago. Since then, he’s released three inspired recordings that have won him long-overdue acclaim: Right On My Way Home, Too Much Coffee Man, and Who’s On First?. Tonight, at Blues Alley, Dorough will perform standards, jazz compositions, and his own witty, tender material with his current sidemen, guitarist Steve Berger and bassist Pat O’Leary, supplemented for the occasion by D.C. drummer Chuck Redd. Come prepared for an evening of pure pleasure, unclouded by the threat of a pop quiz or final exam. They play sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $18. (202) 337-4141. (Joel E. Siegel)